A Weekend with Family and Art

We had a lovely extended weekend as the children both had off school and the weather was beautiful here in NC, only last week we had snow on the ground. And my sweetie was sculpting 18th century snow people. All she said is I’m going out to play in the snow and about a hour later she said come look and to my surprise two lovely sculpted snow people stood in my side yard.


This is totally why I moved here, my son can drive home from Virginia and just spend a couple more days with us within the school year. Plans included a trip to the movies, dinner and the Folk Art Show at Fearrington Farm.

“Book of Eli” is my favorite movie right now have seen it twice and I think I’m going again as my daughter found more suttleies in the film I want to see. It’s beautiful filmed and super, super cleaver in content and If you haven’t’ seen it, it has a OMG ending you never see coming.

The Folk Art Show at Fearrington Farm

Wanted to go to this show after reading a tweet by Dolan Geiman [ dolangeiman.etsy.com ] he and Ali really have the inside scope on the real art world and since this was practically in my backyard it was so worth it. The setting is one of the most beautiful places you could imagine having a show. Set on a historic farm which has been converted into a small village, it has restaurants, a few shops and grounds to make it worth making a day of. The show is held in a redone pack house barn, with branch candlers to die for.

The entrance had artists outside with garden sculptures of metal and then you walk through a hallway which was also hung with art, then the grand hall with all the artists. You could tell it was a collectors show, people pro-used the artist work many with there reps right there working the booth along side them. The art was wild, creative, interesting and original.

I would call it more of an outsider or naive artist show. Lots of great found object work with primitive painting and type added. Check out the artist cars:

My two favorite artists were Rose Rosely [ http://www.roserosely.com ] and Amy Lansburg [ http://www.galleryonmainbh.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=271 ]. Quite different these two gals, but you can check them out for yourself.

Clyde Jones a true Folk artist is a hoot and a half, did not get to meet the man but went on a trek to see his house after an antique dealer we stop at after the show told us about him. Antique dealers are a unique bread and this guy was testing to see if I knew anything about anything, as I was coming it to his shop for the first time and asked me if i thought it was a true Folk Art show??? Little did he know who he was talking to and I had my options on the subject and definitions all formulated in my head. But then again I always have a opinion, so silly boy he was to ask. He must have liked my answer as he subjected we should go find Clyde Jones House to get a real treat. And how if the board is across the road he doesn’t want visitors and if it is open you welcome to come by. This guy they say doesn’t sell his work but gives it to you if he likes you. Seems like he likes the whole town he lives in as everyone has a least one of his grand sculptural animals of cedar wood.

But back to the farm…
The Banded Goat is where we grabbed a bite, great food, cafe deli style and the garden outside in the summer, it sure will be great to sit in.

And the last thing we did is visit the banded cows…they are too cute. And Yes I’ll be creating some of my own very soon. I fell in love! Their friend the Donkey was the real instigator of the group and just wanted someone to play with but the bull wanted nothing to do with him.


Nehucky Update…

We here on our own farm are playing weekend warrier and the vinyl siding is coming down in preparation of painting. The “Hubby” is taking down the siding to find lovely cedar clap board underneath. And our daughter is getting in on that act and tearing off the green roofing that one barn has been sided with. Really makes the house look historic again. I’ll keep you updated when we choose colors.

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We Have a Winner!


Everyone gathered around to see who the winner will be, ok so they were made of papier mache. All the enteries were dropped in the my new antique yellow ware bowl (one of my last auctions buys, ins’t it fab)

And then the drum roll…………..Our winner is Anne B.!

Thanks so much for all who entered Wedding Cake Topper Idea contest. So many wonderful ideas came in, so much to work with, you’ll have to stay tuned and watch what we come out with next!

Congrats to Anne B. ! She has won a $35 gift certificate to http://www.Middleburg.etsy.com

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Help us Pick the Next Wedding Cake Topper

What do you think happens on February the 14th the most…? Now get your minds out of the gutter and really think. Engagements! It is THE most popular day to get engaged. I love seeing all the jewelry store ads that are slathering the TV the weeks before. As if a man doesn’t know where to get a ring.

For those of us who are married, I bet it doesn’t even come up on our radar anymore. But wedding season is almost upon us, some would say we’re already in it but I see a tsunami coming.

It is really romantic to think there is a whole season for this part of life still. So everyone needs to think back to those lovely days of dating and the pet names you use to call each other. Did you call each other sweet animal names, funny silly names, or super sweet names you go yuck to now? Even if you’re not married join in the fun.

We at Middleburg want to come up with some more wonderful cake toppers, but with so many ideas and so little time, we need your help to narrow it down.

Just to kick the ball off, I have been thinking about a cute rabbit couple, paws up, facing each other touching noses. Two little blue birds sitting in a tree. A pair of frogs sitting on a lilly pad. But I have said to much…your turn.

Here’s where you come in:
We need you to tell us what you think most describes the wedding cake topper you would like (or would have liked) via comment here, include your name please and an e-mail address.

We will then take the most popular suggestions, put them in a hat and pick out the winning suggestion on Thursday Feb 18 at Noon, ETS. And as our Thank You for all your hard work the winning suggestion will receive a $35 gift certificate to our Middleburg Etsy Shop. Its really IMPORTANT that you leave me an email address in the comment section as well, otherwise we won’t have any way of contacting you.

You may also DM or Tweet me an idea, for additional chances to WIN ! @MiddleburgFAS

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Lots Going on at the Ranch

Well I’m taking a minute out to write because my shelf’s are being installed on my side today, have to be away from my desk. So I thought I’d tell you what’s been happening here around the ranch, or farm.

We survived our first really bad storm the other night. The wind was incredible, took the siding right off the back side of the house, all the way up the chimney. Then neatly stacked it up, no kidding. Saves us the work of doing it this summer. Also, it has lovely clapboard underneath. Could feel the room sorta moving, as the chimney I thought must be swaying. It’s a huge chimney, two story, its one of the two that flank the 1910 portion of the house. It did break out the storm window in our bedroom at 3:30 am, needless to say we didn’t sleep much. Kept thinking about what my Dad would say, “a tornado sounds like a freight train coming”, I kept thinking, does that sound like a commuter train, or a freight train, or maybe a touch of a Chicgo EL train? Anyway, no tornado warnings, Greg got up looked all over the internet, so we just tried to lay there. But when we got up I looked and turns out there was a tornado in Goldsboro, which is about 13 miles, West of us, OMG!

Paint is Happiness, and doing a lot of it:
The kitchen has gotten a beautiful color, sorta a yellow green. It was blue, and the ceiling still is, but it looks good, we’re considering painting the ceiling the same color but just a freshen up. Everything in the house was either blue or peach, kinda makes you want to urp.

The one parlor on the north side of the house we did in a color called Smoked Oyster . For numerous reasons, as this is Greg’s parlor and he loves oysters so we thought what a great color and great name. And let me tell you it is a great color. It’s warm and sophisticated, and very gentleman like.

Went to real country auction:

Friends from down the road took us to an auction in a barn Saturday night. Kinda fun you sit in old wooden movie theater seats, all with miss matched cushions on them. They auctioned homemade peanut brittle, as the first thing and everyone snapped it up, sorry I did not buy two bags. It was airy like sponge candy, but the peanuts were roasted, it was great!

Then the fun began, imagine the way a true auctioneer calls an auction, then add a heavy southern accent and the man had to be in his 80’s who was calling it. Took an hour just for my ears to keep up with him. Then we started bidding, but most of the time were out bid buy what I learned later were antique dealers. I did snag a couple of fun things. Like 4 vintage flower frogs, a pair of george and martha mini pictures.

Do you know what this is? I did the minute I saw it, but no one else must have, because I took it for a steal. A pop up picnic table! It’s as cute as can been. I’m taking it on a picnic as soon as I can.

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No squirrels, no rabbits, but birds by the thousand, Ok maybe an Owl.


You would think we were doing a remake of Hitchcock’s “The Birds” here and holding auditions. We are surrounded each day with hordes of black birds. They love what is all left in the peanut fields. It kinda adds life to the place, they are either in the trees or flying between the fields, the cars going down the road honk to make them move. Our pug dogs chase them, and Gigi the little black one jumps up like she will fly away with them. After all she is the right color, lol.

We have been enjoying lots of movies as of late, we have been streaming them via Netflix on-line to the tv, it is really cool not to have to go to the store and get a DVD or even wait for it to come in the mail any more. So with all the birds in mind, we let our 13 year old daughter watch the Hitchcock, sci-fi thriller. But I told her to cover her eye’s during the scene when the farmer was found, it is just too gory of an image. If you haven’t seen it in a while, sit down and take a watch, it’s such a classic. And you don’t have to sit there and say “do you think that part was CGI?”

Got to love Tippi !

Here is the newest bird in my life. My daughter say “she’s so cute”, should I tell her it’s a Boy?

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Proper Southern Pugs eat Dressing


Well the pug girls, VeeVee the fawn and Gigi the black, have matching new collars to go visiting this Thanksgiving. They will be going to Virginia for a visit at Aunt Betty’s. A true Alabama born southern lady fixes all the best the south has to offer, besides the fresh turkey the table will be sporting this year. All the best sides, homemade macaroni and cheese, pecan pie, buttermilk biscuits and what southern Thanksgiving would be complete with out corn bread dressing. Translation for my Northern friends, stuffing, but wetter.

So a very Happy Holiday to all the friends of Middleburg, and big wet kisses from the pugs!

Shout out to The Cool Puppy who processed and shipped the girl’s collars in record time! Check them out: www.thecoolpuppy.etsy.com

Shop handmade for your gift giving this year it means so much more!
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Nehucky Farm at Harvest Time

Here are some pics of our new home during this years peanut harvest that is going on this month. There is also a bounus pic of Gigi our new little pug atop a peanut bail.

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